RHODES (Mar. 15)
A pattern for a solution to the problem of Jerusalem and its environs was outlined here today to the Israeli and Transjordan armistice negotiators by acting United Nations Palestine mediator Dr. Ralph J. Bunche.
The mediator made his proposals at an informal 90-minute session he held with members of both delegations. The negotiation will resume tomorrow morning when both sides will make suggestions on Dr. Bunche’s plan. Although Dr. Bunche did not submit proposed blueprint, his recommendations were written into the official U.N. records.
A spokesman for the Israeli delegation pointed out that today’s meeting between the Tel Aviv and Amman representatives agreed to “de facto recognition”of Jewish and Arab positions in the Negev from Viada in the west Hariyah to the Dead Sea in the east, as reported by United Nations observers who visited the areas and had maps ?gned by both Israeli and Trans Jordan local commanders. The spokesman added, however, that no lines have yet been drawn to Aqaba. Earlier, it was revealed that a cease-fire line from Jerusalem southward was finally drawn today.
Meanwhile, acting on a complaint from Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Sharet ##garding developments on the Iraqi front, Dr. Bunche ordered U.N. chief of staff ##ig. Gen. William Riley to increase the number of U.N. observers in that sector. It is also disclosed here that Henry Vigier, Bunche’s civilian aide, is now in Damascus trying to persuade the Syrian Government to accept the mediator’s invitation to participate in the current armistice negotiations on Rhodes.A communique issued here late today by Bunche’s office pointed out that the ##diator, at today’s informal meetings with the Israeli and Arab delegations, emphasized that “new ideas were submitted for the drawing of armistice lines in and around Jerusalem.” The communique stressed that the ideas were not binding and the delegations “are free to accept, reject or amend” them.